Fat Tour 2013
Less Than Jake
Anti-Flag, Masked Intruder, Get Dead
1003 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM
Less Than Jake
It's been a wild and crazy ride for Gainesville's Less Than Jake, who first met at the University Of Florida over a decade and a half ago. But instead of kicking their feet up and resting on their laurels, the ever-busy quintet have been working hard on the next chapter of Less Than Jake. Successfully extricating themselves from their major label contract (even though they still owed one more record to the label), they started their own label, Sleep It Off Records, and now are in the driver's seat. "After a decade an a half of being in the band, we are now our own bosses for real and the excitement of that can peel paint off the walls," says drummer Vinnie.
Before the band starts recording a new album this Spring (for release in the Summer 2008), however, they are planning the re-release of albums from their catalog… and first up are Pezcore, Losers, Kings and Things We Don't Understand, Goodbye Blue and White, and the DVD The People's History of Less Than Jake (more re-releases are planned for the future). "We wanted to start with Losers, Kings, And Things We Don't Understand, which was our first recorded material as a band," Vinnie continues. "These literally are some of the first songs we recorded together, and it seemed obvious that it should be one of the first releases on our newly started record label Sleep It Off. As a musician, the fact that I can help not only in creative marketing but release the actual audible history of our band on our own label is mind blowing. I think it's a great time for the Music Industry that, despite the lagging sales, you are allowed to write and rewrite the rules. These days, it's like the Old West, so to speak."
Through their decade and a half career, they've traveled the world multiple times -- with the Warped Tour, opening for Bon Jovi, and as headliners. "Each record is a snapshot of who the band is and was at the moment of writing and recording," Vinnie says. And what better way to revisit their history than with a fresh new take on their old material. Each re-release will come with all new artwork and a bonus DVD of previously unreleased material.
"If you look at the career of our band you have the roots of the tree and that's our initial inspiration that we used for the band, which was East Bay pop/punk; Screeching Weasel, early Green Day, Operation Ivy," Vinnie says. "If you look at that as the roots, then you have our career as the body of the tree, and the leaves are the latest inspirations of things, whether they're friends, family, or whatever."
"People have a preconceived notion that Less Than Jake is a ska/punk band, that we're wacky and silly, and that may be a certain side of ourselves live, but there's also another side and that's a beautiful thing about our band - it's multi-headed," he says proudly. "We can be different things at different times; we can be socially relevant and we can still be musically relevant 16 years after being together, still progressing musically, not only as players, but as far as musical direction. We can jump outside the box of what people expect, and now that we're in control, what you'll be getting is Less Than Jake -unfiltered and over-amplified."
Anti-Flag will be releasing their new album "THE GENERAL STRIKE" and will be performing a string of album release shows in the Northeast US this March. The shows will feature special guests The Flatliners and Have Nots. Every person who walks through the door for "The General Strike" Record Release Tour in March will receive an exclusive download card, featuring 3 songs from "THE GENERAL STRIKE" and 2 UNRELEASED EXCLUSIVE SONGS. These shows are also the only place you will be able to get a copy of the new CD and Vinyl album prior to March 20th.
The 13 tracks that comprise the bands 8th studio album are arguably their most aggressive to date. With influences ranging from hardcore to modern folk punk "The General Strike" is reckless and tight, aggressive, experimental and definitely sounds as pissed off as the bands feels...
The exclusive download card you receive with ticket purchase will be made available at the show. For more information please visit: www.anti-flag.com
Up until now, the only thing these four crooks were good at making was toilet wine in the joint, but we sent them into Atlas Studios to record with Matt Allison (Alkaline Trio, Less Than Jake, Smoking Popes, etc.) and out came a pop-punk/power-pop masterpiece. They looted a vault of hooks, melodies, and many-layered harmonies for this debut full-length. Think Descendents meets Weezer in a dark alley! There's already plenty of squealers and snitches talking about MASKED INTRUDER, and these thugs have been invited to play all the cool festivals and toured with Teenage Bottlerocket in support of this release. It's fun stuff and you're gonna like it...or else.
There aren't a lot of bands like Get Dead around these days. Instead of worrying about gimmicks and trends, this fivesome from San Francisco, California have always focused on the music and that's evident with every passion-filled note they play. Get Dead started out performing together in 2007 after their respective bands called it quits and eventually attracted the attention of NOFX frontman Fat Mike who produced the band's new full-length, Bad News and released it on his label Fat Wreck Chords.
"We were supposed to have band practice but instead we hollowed out a bunch of pineapples and put gin inside of them; it got sticky and since then we've just been Get Dead," vocalist Sam King says of the group's formation. Admittedly it's been a long journey for the act from their humble (and messy) beginning to signing with Fat Wreck Chords, but the group—which also includes guitarists Mike McGuire and Moki Noodlez, bassist Tim Mehew and drummer Scott Powell—have never lost sight of the organic nature of their formation and are excited to share their newest collection of songs with music fans all over the world.
Merging elements of punk rock with traditional acoustic instrumentation, Bad News shows that Get Dead have stepped things up when it comes to both songwriting and arrangements. "Most of us are of Irish descent so I think that our style of punk rock comes from that upbringing," King says about the band's unique sound. While their past releases have focused on either acoustic or electric instruments, Bad News sees the band expanding their sound to include both of these elements for an album that perfectly encapsulates the group's sound.
Fat Mike was introduced to Get Dead through a mutual friend and as soon as he saw the band he signed them to his label and offered to produce Bad News at his own Motor Studios, bringing a new voice into this tight-knit unit for the first time. "We were initially kind of scared to bring someone else into our writing process but Mike has such great ears and had really good input when it came to trying to add a chord or tweak a progression," King explains. "It was actually nice to have an outside perspective from someone that we really respect and I think it helped make this album sound varied and vivid."
From stripped-down acoustic numbers like "This One's For Johnny" to rollicking rockers such as "Riverbank," Bad News showcases how truly versatile the band are and it also serves as an accurate document of how spontaneous the band's live shows can be. "For this record we just called up our buddies and had them come by to play horns, upright bass or whatever else we needed," King explains. Ultimately members of Mariachi El Bronx, Lagwagon, Angry Amputees and more all pitched in to help the album retain the raucous feel of the band's powerful live shows, which are more of a barroom sing-along than a traditional concert.
Lyrically Get Dead eschew fiction to focus on the subjects that they know like the back of their hands: heartbreak, traveling and, yes, drinking. (The band's latest 7-inch wasn't called Tall Cans & Loose Ends for nothing.) "Everything we write about is based on our own personal experiences and these songs are all about real-life events that actually happened to us," King explains, referencing brutally honest tracks like "Welcome To Hell." "I think when you're singing about something that's really close to you the crowd can feel that connection and feed off that energy, so that's what we've always done."
Despite the fact that Get Dead are on Fat Wreck Chords, they plan on continuing to stay self-sufficient when it comes to booking their own shows, printing their own shirts and keeping the original spirt of the band alive. "The last time I checked punk was supposed to be D.I.Y. and Fat gets that which is what makes them such a good match for us," King summarizes. "We just can't wait to get back out on the road and start playing these songs live for new audiences so we can represent our hometown and do right by the Bay Area."